From: Peter Constable (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 24 2004 - 16:43:17 EST
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Of Kenneth Whistler
> By the way, while Peter Constable noted that
> "the interaction of a boustrophedon with bidi is a valid issue."
> I would contend that that is at the higher level where bidi
> interacts with the line layout mechanism that determines the
> directional context, rather than inside the bidi algorithm itself...
I was simply suggesting that there may be issues there to consider, but
not necessarily implying that the bidi algorithm needed to address in
any way interactions between boustrophedon and non-boustrophedon text. I
*could not possibly* suggest that until I had some idea of what the
expected behaviour should be. I'm not aware of there being any
conventionally-defined behaviour for interaction between strong LTR or
RTL text and boustrophedon text. The requirements have to be defined
before a solution can be architected. And as you go on to point out...
> Besides, this is really a very, very marginal concern. All real world
> exemplars of boustrophedon are *not* bidirectional text, and all
> real world exemplars of bidirectional text are not laid out in
> boustrophedon. Why? Well, because it would be a stupid thing to
> do and give readers and writers headaches.
it's not obvious that requirements do exist.
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